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China's largest pipe organ to tune up in Xiamen Gulangyu Organ Museum
Updated: 22 Aug 2012
Gulangyu Organ Museum is a fine example of the colonial architecture that is prevalent in Xiamen.
Following the completion of a concert hall for pipe organs in Gulangyu Organ Museum, Xiamen is set to carry out the restoration work of a largest-ever pipe organ in the near term, reports Xiamen Daily.
Made in 1917, Casavant Frères pipe organ, a 35-ton pipe organ with 7,451 pipes is 13 metres in height and 12.5 metres in width after assembly, and ever larger than the one installed in the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, which claims to be the largest one in China.
The giant pipe organ dating back to the silent film era was first placed in a Boston church in 1917, and purchased by Mr Hu Youyi, the founder of Gulangyu Piano Museum, in 2007, who denoted this precious collection to Gulangyu Organ Museum the same year.
The installation and restoration of this pipe organ will be carried out by its manufacturer Casavant Frères, a prominent Canadian company specializing in building fine pipe organs, boasting an investment of RMB28 million. The pipes will be buffed and the organ’s voice will be tested.
Gulangyu Organ Museum was opened in early 2005 under the proposal of its main collectors Hu Youyi, which is currently the only and the largest organ museum in the world.
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